JUDSON S FARRAR, Register of Deeds, was born at Mt Clemens August 23, 1830. His father Manson Farrar of New York is an old settler of Macomb now a resident of Lenox Township. Col Farrar's military record will be found in the history of the war for the Union and his political record in the political and organic chapters. As a soldier and citizen he is known throughout the State. He married Miss Carrie Eldridge, daughter of Robert P Eldridge, in June 1804 to whom were born 5 children 4 of whom were living. (per History of Macomb County, Michigan, pg. 583)
FARRAR Judson S.
Mount Clemens Monitor of March 17, 1916
The death of Col. Judson S. Farrar, at an early hour Saturday morning, was not unexpected and was in no sense shocking. Col. Farrar, approaching the end of his 80th year, was looking for the coming of the "kind nurse" and conscious that he had lived beyond the appointed time, conscious of a long life without reproach and of the freely bestowed honors of his fellows, he viewed the coming of the end of his earthly joys and sorrows without trepidation and with perfect serenity. With the gallant old soldier, whose life had been many times at hazard, the final adventure brought no fear; with him it was "Farewell, but Hail!"
The funeral occurred from the residence Monday, and was largely attended. The Masonic fraternity in which the colonel celebrated his 50th birthday a few years ago, had charge of the ceremonies, and Rev. Mr. Lewis conducted the services at the house. Burial was in Clinton Grove cemetery. See photo of Colonel Farrar, below.
Col. Farrar was born in Mt. Clemens in August, 1836, and had been identified with this city and Macomb county practically during the whole of his life. He was son of Manson Farrar, who came from New York in an early day and was one of the pioneer settlers of the county. He received a common school education, and when a youth was employed in a drug store. When the civil war broke out he was one of the first men to espouse the cause of the Union. He went out with the Fifth Michigan, of glorious history, but in 1862 was transferred to the newly organized Twenty-sixth regiment, of which he became colonel. He commanded the regiment in the New York draft riots, and accompanied its fortunes in the Army of the Potomac, and achieved a most honorable record in the fighting in the eastern field that culminated in the collapse of the Southern Confederacy. At the close of the war he was in the West for a time. In 1864 he married Miss Carrie Eldredge. Four children were the fruit of the union, three daughters and one son, the latter Robert J. Farrar, who was a captain of the Thirty-fourth Michigan infantry, and died from the effects of a sickness incurred in the Cuban war.
Col. Farrar was three-times elected register of deeds, and in all, as register and deputy, was in the office ten years. Prior to that he was a long time supervisor of the township of Clinton, and upon organization of the city was supervisor of the first ward. Twice he served as mayor of Mt. Clemens and was also one of the assessors for several years. He had an aptitude for public affairs.
This was recognized when Gov. Winans appointed him adjutant general, and when President Cleveland appointed him consul at Sarnia. Four years ago, he acted as chairman of the Democratic county committee. In addition to his Masonic connections, which he deeply enjoyed, he was a member of the G.A.R. and prominent in the affairs of the Loyal Legion. Col. Farrar stood four-square to every wind that blew in all the relations of life. In late years he, in a measure, sat by the side of the road, but with no, uninterested eye. He was alive mentally to the last. His death, in the fulness of years concluded a life of great usefulness and honor.
This obituary submitted by Bill & Jan Proper
Caroline E Eldredge Farrar
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